At the general business meeting of the DC Anti-War Network/DAWN a call for action was endorsed for actions marking the third anniversary of the war-occupation. DAWN calls for decentralized actions by individuals and groups throughout the US and beyond. The call also has a component calling for non-violent direct action against The Pentagon, a place that has not been the object of large-scale protests since the war began. Here is the call: Confront the War Machine:
A Call to Action for the Third Anniversary of the Iraq War.
Now is the time to bring the anti-war movement home by directly confronting the war machine in your hometown. And, in our hometown, Washington DC, we invite you all to come and confront The Pentagon directly. The DC Anti-War Network, DAWN, a locally-based grassroots anti-war group in the metropolitan Washington area calls upon individuals and other local grassroots groups to observe the third anniversary of the war (a.k.a. occupation) in Iraq by organizing locally with nonviolent protests and actions of dissent in our communities. Additionally, DAWN calls upon individuals and groups who don’t have prior plans in their own communities to come to Washington, DC, not to march, lobby, or protest a government that ignores voices for peace and justice but rather to directly confront the war machine, The Pentagon, with acts of nonviolent civil resistance.
In our home communities, now is the time to confront our government and those who profit from the war that has been waged based on lies and deception. DAWN calls for people to mobilize and organize locally in our communities to build and strengthen the anti-war movement. Instead of coming to Washington, New York City, or other cities for just one day of protest, DAWN calls for anti-war actions for the entire month of March 2006 to mark the third anniversary of the war in Iraq. We urge people to organize against militarism in our schools and communities by confronting military recruiters who prey upon the young and the poor, to protest the use of torture that is so much a part of this war, to protest the use of depleted uranium on the Iraqi people, to make the connections between the war in Iraq with other wars and occupations, and to make the connections between the costs we are paying for war and what we are not paying for, vitally important social needs.

Join us in March 2006 by organizing, building, and strengthening the
anti-war movement in our communities and also by coming for a direct
confrontation with The Pentagon. (1) DAWN calls for people to organize and choose an armed forces recruiting station in their neighborhood for protest. DAWN calls for other actions using other counter-recruiting efforts protesting military recruiters in our schools and communities. Stop the recruiters and end the war!
(2) DAWN calls for people to demonstrate, including acts of nonviolent
civil resistance, the issue of torture especially its use in this
so-called “War on Terror”. Torture is illegal and immoral and should
never be carried out in our names. Whether in wartime or peace, torture is wrong. Torture must stop! (3) Over 1.1 billion people, one fifth of the world’s population, barely survive on less than $1 per day, and half of the world’s population lives on less than $2 a day. Over 852 million people are hungry and 16,000 children die from hunger every day. Every year 11 million children die because of hunger. Babies weighing no more than their birth weight numbering over 20 million are born every year, millions of them dying in infancy; those who survive risk lives with physical and cognitive health problems. Poverty destroys and devastates families, communities, and countries. Every dollar of the hundreds of billions of dollars spent for war and occupation takes away from what could help alleviate poverty and hunger. DAWN calls for protests against those who profit from the war and occupation. DAWN calls for protests, including nonviolent civil resistance, at local war contractors, as well as the politicians who receive money from them, profiting from the war and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Starve the war machine; feed the poor!
(4) In addition to organizing and acting locally DAWN calls on people
not otherwise engaged in their communities to come to protest the war
machine, The Pentagon, with direct actions of nonviolent civil resistance. We must stop business as usual at The Pentagon where war plans are born and implemented, including the use of depleted uranium against the Iraqi people. It is time for mass actions of nonviolent civil resistance to be directed at The Pentagon rather than simply the President and other politicians who see the anti-war movement as a focus group. End the war; protest The Pentagon!

(5) We call for coordination of organizing between communities, through open clearinghouses and regional meetings. For the Pentagon actions and any other actions in the DC area, we call for spokes-councils to plan actions so that ownership of the action does not belong to any one group but to the movement as a whole. While DAWN will plan a specific action or set of actions, we call on groups to use their creativity to plan their own actions, and we call on groups to work with DAWN and other groups on a unified scenario so that we can most effectively combat the war machine. Whether you are organizing locally or in Washington, we must work together, and communication and mutual respect is essential to making this month of action work. Let’s work together!

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